The Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey
Our mission is to inspire and empower science educators.
Outstanding Biology Teacher Award Winner: Eric Guise
PD Academy Workshops
Workshop Title: Achieving NGSS Through Phenomenon Based Questioning Technique.
Date: November 16, 2016
Location: Community Middle School, Plainsboro, NJ
Presenters: Lisa Sacca & Kristina Nicosia, Ed.D
Description: Presentation and work session: Teacher will demonstrate using question formulation technique (QFT) to perform experiments or research to collect data needed to support a claim for a specific phenomenon. Then participants will work to use the template for phenomenon related to their curriculum.
Notes: (1) Bring devices, (2) Try to think of one phenomenon related to a unit you teach to work on after sample lesson.
Workshop Title: Making the AP Bio pedagogical shift
Date: November 17, 2016
Location: Robbinsville High School
Presenters: Karen Lucci & Stefanie Ucles
Description: Still trying to make the shift from “content coverage” to an conceptual, inquiry-based approach in your AP Biology classroom? This workshop will provide you with student-centered strategies and techniques, such as problem-based learning, to help you make the true pedagogical shift that the revised 2012 AP Biology Curriculum requires. Focusing on the seven skills as a means of instruction and student engagement, participants will leave with an understanding of the importance how to create units, assessments, activities, and other fundamental resources for the AP classroom that will prepare students for the AP exam and beyond. Participants are encouraged to bring an AP Biology unit or lessons/materials that they can revise at the end of the workshop.
Workshop Title: Eco-Schools for Problem-Based Learning
Date: January 6, 2017
Location: Plainsboro Preserve at 80 Scotts Corner in Cranbury, NJ
Presenter: Allison Mulch
Description: Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed "green" recognition program that provides teachers with a transformational framework to integrate sustainability practices within existing curriculum through 10 pathways. Aligned with NGSS, these pathways deepen the curriculum, provide STEAM-based educational opportunities, and engage children in authentic learning experiences that positively impact their environment. Eco-Schools recognizes and rewards school as they work to extend learning beyond the classroom and develop responsible environmental attitudes and commitments both at home and in the wider community. Eco-Schools is an international program in 60 countries. The program is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation in the United States.
The first half of the day will be dedicated to learning about Eco-Schools and how to get started with Allison Mulch, Project Coordinator for Eco-Schools. After lunch participants will work collaboratively with each other as well as executive board members of the BTANJ to brainstorm ideas for a tentative action plan that students can be guided to or handed and start to investigate / find problems and come up with solutions.
To attend any of these workshop please sign up using this form: https://payableform.appspot.com/forms/x2o2o
- There is a $15 deposit to reserve your spot at this workshop. For BTANJ members this is refundable upon attending the workshop. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy.- If you are not a member the workshop costs $15 (nonrefundable)